Blog 2021-01-18T19:50:16+00:00

Falling in Love for the Second Time

Your marriage did not work and you’re dating again. Your kids are young, still very close to the other parent and you live in the same town. [...]

Internet Safety

As parents, we generally do everything we can to keep our children safe and well, but what are you doing to protect them from bullies, predators and [...]

Hopes and Dreams

It is difficult to put my thoughts on paper regarding the pandemic and its effect on families. What will be our memory of the “before” and [...]

The COVID-19 DICHOTOMY of Thought and Reason

I struggle with the words for this article on this the 9th day of April, 2020. As East Texans we are among the blessed. Certainly other [...]

Possession and Access – Children Under Three

The issue of possession under the age of three can be very controversial. One argument, is that noncustodial parents of infants do very well with caring [...]

Modifying a Visitation Schedule

The divorce has been final for a couple of years and circumstances have changed. You may be remarried, the distance between your home and your ex-spouse’s [...]

Family Law ADR What is it? Why do we need it?

Alternate dispute resolution, sometimes referred to as ADR, has taken many paths in family law litigation [...]

Equal Time Visitation

Equal Time Visitation: Is it the Best Interest of Children? One of the most controversial issues [...]

Who Can File for Custody? Line up!

Many people, other than parents, come to my office wanting to get custody of a child. [...]

I know what a Pre-Nup is, but what’s a Post-Nup?

Married clients frequently come to my office who have accumulated a large amount of community assets [...]

Family Law Litigation: Some you Win, Some you Lose, Some get Rained Out

I tell all my clients that family law litigation has very uncertain results. Certainly, there are [...]

Things My Mother Taught Me

Many of you may know I was blessed with two more grandchildren last month – Boy/girl [...]

Should We Sign a Prenup?

January is the month for wedding extravaganzas. Plans for June weddings begin to unfold. Vendors from [...]

Is My Marriage Over?

I see new clients at 10am and 2pm every day, about 50 weeks per year. I am [...]

Co-Parent? You’ve Got to Be Kidding???

You’ve finally gotten through the divorce. You are single and free from whatever characteristics of your Ex [...]

School’s Out For Summer!!!

The famed lyrics of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out for Summer” come to mind as we begin to [...]

Can My Kiddo Talk to the Judge?

The Texas Family Code allows the court to conduct an “interview of child in chambers.” The point [...]

Family Law and Facebook

Since the launch of Facebook in February 2004, our society has become increasingly dependent on social media. [...]

Experts in Custody Litigation – Best Interest of the Child?

Experts in civil litigation are those who can assist the judge or jury in deciding a certain [...]

Children Are Not Weapons

Did your parents divorce when you were a child or adolescent? Did your parents fight for control [...]

Mediation in Family Law

It is undisputed that reaching an amicable agreement is better for families, children (and checkbooks) than a [...]

Help!!!! They took my tax refund!!

If you are ordered to pay child support and fall behind, the Attorney General of Texas can [...]

CPS: Can they take my kids?

I consider myself fortunate to devote hundreds of hours every year to appointments in East Texas counties [...]

Top Ten Client Quotes & Anecdotes

Through the years clients have come to my office for advice regarding family law matters such as [...]

Yikes! I’ve been subpoenaed to testify!

Your best friend is going through a divorce. The relationship has been rocky for a long time, [...]

I just got served! What is a TRO? What are Temporary Orders?

Frantic clients come in my office with a stack of papers, which were delivered to them by [...]

Why Can’t I Move? What is a Geographic Restriction?

Imagine that you and your partner are splitting up, and you have agreed that you will have [...]

Yours, Mine and Ours: Characterization of Property in Family Law

From the day you say “I do”, you and your spouse begin to accumulate community property. In [...]

Collaborative Law

Side by side with my fellow East Texas family law professionals, I spend hours each week in [...]

What is Guideline Child Support?

Many of my clients think they know the “rules” as stated in the Texas Family Code for [...]

What? I am MARRIED?

Texas remains in the minority of states that recognize what was traditionally referred to as common law [...]